Eagles basketball encourages students at Brigham Academy

Kareem Chever-Moore, Quinton Hamilton, Walt Covington, Milz Tatum, and Jareb Doughtery take turns reading to first-graders at Brigham Academy in Winter Haven. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Kareem Chever-Moore, Quinton Hamilton, Walt Covington, Milz Tatum, and Jareb Doughtery take turns reading to first-graders at Brigham Academy in Winter Haven. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Wanting to make a difference in the community, Head Coach Brandon Giles and five members of the Polk State basketball team visited Brigham Academy in Winter Haven Oct. 20. 

About 80 first graders enjoyed hearing Kareem Chever-Moore, Walt Covington, Jareb Doughtery, Quinton Hamilton, and Milz Tatum, and take turns reading "The Berenstain Bears On the Job." 

The book follows Brother and Sister Bear as they try to discover what job they'll do when they grow up. 

Giles and the players also had time to ask questions and give Polk State shirts to students with the best answers. 

"The kids reacted with a lot of enthusiasm," said sophomore Quinton Hamilton

"We read to them and they were attentive and it was good to see that some of them wanted to be basketball players like us in the future. 

"But we really wanted to give them the knowledge that they have the potential do anything they can in the world. We wanted to give them that motivation." 

The students also enjoyed talking to and exchanging high-fives with the players. 

"It was real good event," said freshman Milz Tatum

"I felt like the kids learned a lot from us, and they'll probably remember it for the rest of their lives. " 

Giles says community involvement is an important part of Eagles basketball.

"One thing we want to do in our program is always be willing to give back. No matter what we're going through as a team, on the court or off the court, we always want to give back to the community." 

Brigham Academy, a STEM Magnet School, offers a full range of rigorous educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literacy and social studies, with full support of music, art and physical education.

 

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